Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe, Saint-Emilion, Chateau Monbousquet 2017

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60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Château Monbousquet is a property in Saint-Émilion particularly known for its lush, ripe, modern-styled wines. Long regarded as an underachiever, quality has increased greatly in the past quarter century and the wines are now some of the best in the region. Since 2006, Monbousquet has been ranked as a Grand Cru Classé.

32 hectares with greatly diverse terroirs: - sandy and sandy-clay soil with ironpan at a depth of 60-80 m - sandy-gravel soil - sandy-clay soil. As with Cheval Blanc and Figeac, the soils are largely gravelly, which suits the high proportion of Cabernets.

The old fermentation cellar was recently rebuilt and now houses temperature controlled stainless steel vats. A new ageing cellar was also built. Aged 18-24 months in new oak barrels with racking every 3 months. The final blending is done just before bottling, and the wine is neither fined nor filtered.

Critic Tasting Note: "This juicy wine offers attractive tannins and ripe berry flavors. It is balanced, with plenty of acidity and fruitiness. Drink the wine from 2023." - 92/100, Roger Voss (Wine Enthusiast)

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